Violence in Families

Course #: SK430-BR

About this Guide

This guide was created for SK430 students. It provides information about doing a research paper and will help with Assignment #1.

Getting Started

Once you have your topic, you'll need to develop a thesis statement. It helps to think about what your research question will be, too. While your research question may not actually appear in your paper, brainstorming a question to explore and answer can help direct your inquiry.

When developing your thesis, consider adding specificity by detailing:

  • Who - are you interested in a particular population (e.g. adolescents)?
  • When - are you looking at a specific period in time (e.g. the last 10 years of research)?
  • Where - are you focusing on a particular location (e.g. Canada, Ontario, Waterloo Region)?
  • What - are you interested in a specific piece of a broader topic (e.g. substance abuse, or more specifically alcoholism)?
Remember that it's important to continue developing your thesis as you read about your topic and gain new knowledge / understanding / insight.

Finding Research About Your Topic

The best place to start your research is the Library website.

a. Finding Peer-reviewed Articles

Searching for academic or scholarly research usually means searching for peer-reviewed articles, which are excellent sources of evidence-based information. Visit the Social Work Research Guide for a list of databases to search for articles.

Searching subject specific databases such as Social Services Abstracts and Social Work Abstracts will help you find articles relevant to your topic.

b. Finding Books

Search the library catalogue to find books on your topic. Navigate to the Books+ tab at the top pf the search boxes to help limit your search to books.

What if the book you want isn't online or in Brantford?

You can order a book from other libraries and have it shipped to Brantford for easy pick-up.

Database Search Tips

There are different tactics you can use to improve your search results. Check out the video below to find out more.

Citing Sources in APA, 6th Ed.

You'll find the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association in the Brantford Collection (BF76.7 .P83 2010).

It's also very important to know When to Cite (video: 2:01).


Please get in touch, I'll be happy to help!

  • Meredith Fischer, Social Work Librarian